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2008-09-27 00:00:33

By CRAIG D REBER News You can use WHAT: The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is conducting a public hearing on the application of Wisconsin Power & Light Co., Alliant Energy, for authority to construct a coal- fired electric generation unit known as the Nelson Dewey Generating Station in Cassville. No formal action will be taken by the commission during the hearing. WHEN: 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29. WHERE: Cassville Elementary School gymnasium, 412 Crawford St.,...

2008-09-21 03:00:24

By Womac, Alvin R Biofuels, feedstocks, and processing technology What roles do ASABE members play in bioenergy? The breadth of the answer may surprise you: sustainable production, harvest, and storage; feedstock characterization; processing; conversion; and testing and standards development. It spans the entire bioenergy production value chain. Biofuels and bioproducts begin in fields, forests, or lakes as biology that converts the sun's energy into a harvestable "feedstock." ASABE...

2008-09-16 12:00:44

Gulf Ethanol, an alternative energy company focused on the development of the cellulosic ethanol, has implemented its third-generation feedstock pre-processing unit. The company said that it is now expanding its testing protocols beyond sorghum and corn to sawdust, switchgrass and grass clippings. The company feels each of these feedstocks has potential application for ethanol production. Bill Carmichael, president of Gulf Ethanol, said: "With each development of the technology, we become...

2008-09-11 15:00:35

By THOMAS CONTENT Madison -- A coalition of union, farm and environmental groups threw their support behind Alliant Energy Corp.'s proposed coal- fired power plant during a rally Wednesday. Building the power plant on the Mississippi River in Cassville would generate hundreds of construction jobs and up to 40 full-time jobs at a time when the state's unemployment rate is climbing, union leaders said. "Haven't we seen enough unemployment? Support biofuels, new jobs and a better economy,"...

2008-09-10 21:00:13

By FROM STAFF REPORTS A team of West Virginia University researchers was expected to announce today that they've received a $550,000 award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a project aimed at turning abandoned mine land into fields that produce switchgrass and other biofuels. The announcement was expected during the 2008 West Virginia Brownfields Conference in Huntington. Previously mined land qualifies as brownfields - properties that were previously used for...

2008-09-10 03:00:20

Biofuels are a big part of the nation's strategy to free itself of its oil dependency, but U.S. production thus far is limited to grain-based ethanol, almost all of it from corn. That's a problem. Corn ethanol presents many problems -- not least of which is that, long-term, it's not going to work. The growing scientific consensus is that it is not a sustainable energy technology, in part because the energy it takes to produce it cuts deeply into the energy gain -- especially when...

2008-09-09 09:00:44

Range Fuels, Inc., a company focused on green energy and the production of cellulosic ethanol, announced today that it is collaborating with Ceres, Inc., the leading company in the research, development and commercialization of purpose-grown herbaceous biomass feedstocks. Range Fuels will explore the role that non-invasive, high-yield, non-food sources of biomass might play in Range Fuels' plans to produce cellulosic ethanol on a commercial basis. Ceres is primarily focused on the development...

2008-09-09 09:00:44

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Energy crop company Ceres, Inc. announced today that it will trial improved switchgrass cultivars and high-biomass sorghum hybrids with Range Fuels, Inc. as part of a cooperative field trialing program at the site of Range Fuels' commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant, now under construction near Soperton, Georgia, about 150 miles southeast of Atlanta. While wood residues will be the primary feedstock for this first-of-a-kind biorefinery,...

2008-09-04 15:00:17

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Chuck Ardo of the Pennsylvania Office of the Governor, +1-717-783-1116 SaysPennsylvaniaPositioned to Lead National Movement TowardsNextGeneration Biofuels HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With America's dependence on foreign oil jeopardizing its national security and way of life, Governor Edward G. Rendell said that the commonwealth and other Chesapeake Bay watershed states can emerge as the national leader in developing advanced homegrown...

2008-08-11 18:00:45

Metabolix, Inc. (NASDAQ: MBLX) today announced that in recently-completed greenhouse trials, switchgrass plants engineered using Metabolix multi-gene expression technology produced significant amounts of PHA bioplastics in leaf tissues employing Metabolix's expertise in pathway engineering in plants. This result is the first successful expression of a new functional multi-gene pathway in switchgrass, and demonstrates the Company's pathbreaking bioengineering capabilities as a powerful tool...


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